The Ten Best Movies of 2018
8. THE FAVOURITE – As a long time fan of director Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER), I’m thrilled for the attention that his strange, dark, dramatic comedic period piece is receiving. The three women (Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz) are at the top of their game as they manipulate people through subtle charms or brute wickedness. The visual splendor through the unusual direction is what truly elevates the material within the aristocratic early 18th Century world.
7. THE ISLE OF DOGS – There is such a joy in viewing a Wes Anderson film. I’m not sure where his creative mind goes, but I love every aspect of his artistic story telling. I can’t help but giggle and cheer as an island of discarded dogs make their great escape.
6. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – In a year with some fairly solid documentaries (FREE SOLO, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS), I had to choose the one that teaches kindness. It’s a lesson that never grows old and feels more relevant than ever. While Mr. Rogers’ work and television program was geared toward children, adults would be wise to give this documentary a viewing. Thank You, Mr. Rogers.
5. A QUIET PLACE – Sometimes the most effective horror films are also the simplest. John Krasinski directs and stars in an incredibly tense film, utilizing an element so obvious, it’s a wonder no horror film has ever done it before. What do we all do when we are scared? Get quiet. These mysterious monsters hunt by sound. Yes, there is a glaring problem in the setup. However, with an incredible concept, a solid delivery, fantastic performances (particularly by Krasinski’s real life wife, Emily Blunt), and a shocking opening, I’m willing to forgive the film’s blemishes.